Ships hit by U-boats


William Humphries

British Steam trawler


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NameWilliam Humphries
Type:Steam trawler
Tonnage276 tons
Completed1918 - J. Duthie, Sons & Co, Aberdeen 
OwnerSt. Andrew´s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack21 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-33 (Hans-Wilhelm von Dresky)
Position - Grid AM 5348
Complement13 (13 dead - no survivors)
Convoy
RouteFleetwood (14 Nov) - Fishing grounds 
Cargo 
History Completed in December 1918 for the Admiralty. 1923 sold to Ritchie & Davies, Milford Haven and 1939 to St. Andrew´s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood.
Registration code: LO 533 
Notes on event

Between 08.30 and 09.20 hours on 21 Nov 1939, U-33 sank the Sulby and William Humphries about 75 miles northwest of Rathlin, each with about 5 rounds from the deck gun.

All crew members of William Humphries (Skipper Charles Horace Bridge) abandoned ship in one lifeboat, which was last seen by a lifeboat from the other trawler. Two bodies were later washed ashore and buried on the Isle of Skye.

 
On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board


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